Starting in September 2022 as a Compliance and Administrator apprentice at Ring Stones, Mollie Howarth chose an apprenticeship over traditional college pathways and has since continued to develop in the construction industry.
A year into her B-tech business course at college, Mollie heard about an apprenticeship opportunity at Ring Stones through associates who already worked at The Calico Group. Not sure about what career paths were open to her, Mollie decided the apprenticeship route was more suited for her and her preference of proactive learning and feeling her work had purpose.
Taking on the tasks of booking in training for staff to working on subcontractor framework, Mollie has also had training opportunities to progress with in her role including being part of monthly meeting for the North West Construction Safety Group. Mollie is also a digital influence across The Calico Group.
After graduating from apprenticeship last month, Mollie will now become a full-time employee at Ring Stones as a Compliance and Systems Administrator.
Ring Stones latest figures showed 83% of their employees are from the Burnley area and 10% of employees are female which is higher than the national sector expectancy.
Mollie Howarth said: ‘I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship journey at Ring Stones and look forward to starting full time employment.
At first, I was nervous to start work and go on site visits, but the team have been really supportive and welcoming which has helped me grow in confidence. I’m glad about the decision I have made to go down the apprenticeship route and would urge others to consider it as a career path.
Kirsty Steel, Head of Compliance at Ring Stones and Mollie’s mentor said: “Mollie has shown a real aptitude for compliance, process management as well as health and safety. The growth she has made over the course of her apprenticeship has been incredible.
Mollie adds real value to our business and is never shy to voice her opinion. Mollie’s apprenticeship route has allowed her college learning of business principles and tools to be applied to the everyday work we do at Ring Stones. It’s provided a level of confidence and understanding, allowing her to thrive.”
James Macaree, Managing Director at Ring Stones said “Apprenticeships play a vital part of our successes at Ring Stones and make us a stronger business for the future.
Mollie has settled really well in the team and has developed her skills and knowledge to now gain a full-time opportunity which is richly deserved. We are really looking forward to seeing Mollie develop further over the coming years.”